Like many distinctive appearance features, tooth gaps are often loved by people who don’t have them, but hated by people who do have them. Despite the fact that some people are actually asking to have gaps added to their smile, most of the time people want to know how they can get rid of these dark spaces in their smile.
The good news is that you have many options.
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that can move your teeth without the need for traditional metal wire braces. Invisalign is more comfortable than traditional braces because it doesn’t have sharp wires or brackets. Instead, it uses clear, BPA-free plastic aligners that are completely removable. Removable aligners mean you don’t have to worry about getting food out that’s been stuck in the wires. And it means you don’t have to stop eating any food just because it might not be compatible with your braces.
The disadvantage of Invisalign is that it takes a long time to get results, typically nine months or more. This means it’s usually not recommended unless you have other orthodontic issues you want to resolve.
Dental bonding is when the material used to make white fillings is instead shaped to alter the size or shape of your teeth. Dental bonding is quick. It can be completed in a single short visit, and it can be very attractive. And it’s the least expensive treatment option.
The disadvantage of dental bonding is that it tends to be less durable. Dental bonding can lose its polish, may become stained, and wear out or otherwise fail in a shorter period of time than other treatments.
Porcelain veneers use thin facades of advanced ceramic to reshape and resize your front teeth to close the gap in your teeth. Porcelain veneers have the same luster as your natural teeth, are stain resistant, and can last a decade or more.
The main limitation of porcelain veneers used to be that we had to send the casts of your teeth off to a lab to be manufactured. It used to take weeks to have your porcelain veneers made. Now, though, with our CEREC machine we can make porcelain veneers in our own office. They have to be made in relatively small numbers, such as making two to help close a tooth gap, because each one is made individually.
Which One Is Right for You?
Unsure which option is right to help close the gap in your teeth? Dr. James B. Polley can talk to you about the options, evaluate your smile, and listen to your goals, cosmetic or otherwise. He will then make recommendations that you can follow to get the best results for you.
To talk to Dr. Polley about closing the gap in your smile, please contact us today in the Summerlin area.